Oak Mountain Interpretive Center

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The Oak Mountain Interpretive Center (OMIC) is an educational facility located at Oak Mountain State Park and developed as a joint venture of Samford University, Shelby County, the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, and the Friends of Oak Mountain. The center's mission is to communicate information about wildlife and ecosystems in central Alabama and to argue for environmental conservation. Its director is David Frings.

The Center is housed in a former conference facility near the Alabama Wildlife Center. Remodeling, re-roofing and an outdoor classroom deck were added by Hughes Construction of Ozark before the April 2007 opening. The first phase houses a wet laboratory and classroom space. Currently the facility is used by Samford's regular science classes during field trips, as well as for community education classes. Planned public exhibits, being designed by Southern Custom Exhibits of Anniston will extend the center's educational role for other park visitors.


  • Wilstach, Nancy (June 11, 2007) "Samford science lab puts down roots at Oak Mountain Park." Birmingham News
  • Chambers, Jesse (April 17, 2008) "Getting centered: How an organic network of nature centers is serving the city." Birmingham Weekly

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